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Joan KenleyJoan Kenley's Talking Matters - Music and Creativity (March 25, 2006)

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Joan Kenley and Talking Matters bring you subjects to touch your body, mind, heart, and soul. In this program about "Music and Creativity" - you will hear Emmy Award-winning film and television composer, Laurence Rosenthal, tell us what it was like collaborating with George Lucas and other major directors. Margret Elson - author of "Passionate Practice", will share how learning music creatively will not only help you improve musically, but also affect your life in interesting and positive ways.

Our conversations with Laurence and Margret will cover

* how composing music for live action films is different from composing for animated features
* what to do about performance anxiety
* solutions for creative blocks
* ways we can become friends with ourselves in the creative process

Laurence Rosenthal has composed extensively for film and television, working with George Lucas, Marvin Chomsky, Peter Glenville, and Arthur Hiller. He's been nominated for two Oscars, two Golden Globes and 12 Emmy awards. Among his best known film scores are A Raisin in the Sun, The Miracle Worker, Becket, and The Return of a Man Called Horse. Among his seven Emmys for miniseries are Peter the Great, Anastasia and episodes of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. He is currently completing a commission for the Oakland East Bay Symphony and is being honored with the ASCAP Foundation - "Life in Music Award" in April 2006. His background in piano and composition includes the Eastman School of Music and study with Nadia Boulanger in Paris.

Margret Elson's multi-faceted career spans 30 years of teaching and coaching pianists, vocalists and ensembles. As a counselor, she has helped countless performers overcome artistic blocks. Margret is a licensed psychotherapist, certified hypnotherapist, and holds MA degrees in both Journalism and Political Science. She is also an accomplished performer, both as soloist and in ensemble. As founder of the Center of Artistic Counseling in Oakland, she's led workshops at national and international conferences on Mind, Body and the Performing Arts. She has published a book called "Passionate Practice - The Musician's Guide to Learning, Memorizing, and Performing" (, and is authoring a new book, "Couch at the Piano".

This audio is part of the collection: The Joan Kenley Show
It also belongs to collection: Radio Programs

Artist/Composer: Joan Kenley
Date: 2006-03-25
Source: Joan Kenley
Keywords: interview; talk radio; music; joan kenley; kenley; talking matters

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Reviewer: BenjaminS.T. - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - September 19, 2012
Subject: Joan Kenley's Talking Matters - Music and Creativity
This is a good, yet not very soul stirring 2 hour long audio file of a Talking Matters show where J. Kenley and her guests discuss for listeners what they know about creativity. This show is informative but is very long and very slow to listen to. Do not try to listen with other loud noises going on unless you have a really loud audio system to amp the volume up on this with, because everyone on the show talks with these soft voices like they might like to think of themselves as being on NPR.
Reviewer: jtbarrie - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - May 24, 2008
Subject: A Familiar Voice Enlivens and Enlightens on Talk Radio
What a treat to discover that one of the familiar voices from “The Simpsons” — one of my favorite television shows —is also the voice behind one of my new favorite radio shows!

I recently discovered “The Joan Kenley Show” online and was thrilled to discover a wealth of personally and professionally engaging topics that I care about.

This is one show I plan to share with my friends, so we can spark each other to discuss and ponder on these conversations, and maybe even start a few of our own! I downloaded all of her 30 plus archived shows on and am happy to pass the word on.

Thanks Joan! I'm glad to see talk radio still has the power to inspire positive dialogues on issues that directly affect me.

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